Although both instances seem to linger in Colicchio’s mind rent-free, he describes “the single-worst dish [he’s] ever eaten on Top Chef” on an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (via Bravo): “I was in a desert in Las Vegas . . . [A cheftestant] made this cod ceviche in the summer that was like 90 degrees and it was horrible and I spit it out immediately. I tried to hide behind a cactus, and I just spit it out.” In another interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Colicchio mentions that same experience, noting that he was served “more-than-room-temperature raw fish.” “It was pretty gross,” he recalled.
Although Colicchio’s raw cod nightmare was the only spit-take caught on camera, he told The Hollywood Reporter about a second time he had to ditch his meal. “There was another one that didn’t get caught on camera,” he said. “It was a clam, and it was kind of warm, as well, with lychee, and something about it just made that gag reflex go off.” Our advice? Take note of these common fish-cooking mistakes before presenting a dish to Colicchio. Thank us later.